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External Aquarium Power Filter

External Aquarium Power Filter can be installed either to Saltwater Marine Tank or even Freshwater Aquarium Setup in order to remove solid waste from the water. It can function either through mechanical means by removing and trapping suspended particles, chemically by providing a housing for chemical media like activated carbon, or even by biological means whereby sponges or bio-balls placed in the filter compartment will be a place for growth of ammonia removing bacteria.

There are basically two different types of external aquarium power filter, one, which is the hang-on type, and another is the canister filter. What differentiates between both types depend on the filtration capacity to treat higher gallons of water per hour and basically the canister type is more powerful compared to hang-on filter. External filter is a preferred option among aquarium fish hobbyist and it’s a popular choice especially for large community tanks. Since it is placed outside of the aquarium, maintenance work can be simplified and servicing can be performed with ease without worry of contaminating the water when you take out the filter media.

Perhaps the only thing you have to be careful when using external power filter is to watch out whether strong output of water may cause certain small-sized fish like neon tetra, hatchet fish or guppy to lose balance in the water especially for mini aquariums. Therefore make sure that you check with the pet store salesperson before making your purchase so that you don’t oversize your external filter to be too big, above the maximum filtration capacity needed. Other than that, steps must also be taken to ensure that these fish do not get sucked in to the tube due to the high inflow of aquarium water. Most of the time, the filter purchase comes with it’s own inlet tube block or strainer which must be fixed according to the original buildup and not discard the parts aside as what most people always do.

external aquarium power filterToday, there are quite a number of popular brands like Fluval, Eheim, Hagen, just to name a few. They all vary in filtration capacity made for different aquarium tank size while some are even sold together with filter media so that the aquarium owner can straight plug it in and run. Some options also include spray bar at the output line so that this will help in water distribution and also contribute towards higher aeration. Based on my experience, external power filter is definitely the best option for your aquarium fish tank.



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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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